The Latest in Kilt Fashion

As promised, a few words about box-pleated kilts. The traditional tailored, knife-pleated kilt is seen everywhere at Scottish events, but there are other styles that are becoming increasingly popular. You may have seen the machine-made canvas Utilikilt, which has fewer pleats than a traditional kilt, and is made from a rugged canvas fabric, with the creases on the pleats stitched in. They also have pockets on some models, which I know appeals to guys who don’t want to wear a sporran. There are other ways to arrange the pleats also. One way is called Kingussie pleating, where the knife pleats are folded toward the back on both sides, meeting at the center back with an inverted pleat. This can be done with traditional tartan. A box-pleated kilt is a lighter-weight alternative to the traditional kilt, using 4-4 1/2yds of tartan instead of 7 or 8 yards. The 7-9 pleats are pressed into place, but the garment looks much more like an 18th century (or earlier) kilt. I have made several of these recently, and they look quite sharp. One kilt that I was asked to make had double box pleats. This gave it a really nice look (an extra fold inside where the box pleat is inverted) and am planning on making another one for myself. The method is the same as a regular kilt for much of the sewing. There is a fair amount of basting necessary, but it still takes a bit less time than making all those pleats. So, check out the Price List for 2011 prices on these kilts, and let me know if you have any other questions. I will try to get a picture of the back of Frank’s kilt to show the pleats-the front looks great, but it could be anything in the back. Take care, Judy


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  1. I am not a kiltmaker but I sew kilts for my own use. Apron in front and pleats in back is my definition of a kilt. I have made two reverse kingussies, one box, one box towel (sort of) and two with knife pleats. The knife pleat was by far the easiest and the most comfortable. Easier to sit in and easier to shake out when rumpled from sitting. One other thing is that I have a prehensile butt that likes to grab fabric and for some reason the knife pleat is the least problem.My kilts are for the everyday use of an old man in a hot climate working and relaxing around the urban homestead. I wear them everyday.I'm not going anywhere so I have no need for a traditional 8 yard pleat but I do appreciate them. In fact I appreciate all kilts and I like what you have to say. As an amateur I fully understand the amount of work you put into your kilts.

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